Department of Economics

Student Awards & Scholarships

The Department of Economics offers several awards and scholarships for undergraduate economics majors.

Lanier Prize: This award honors Professor Charles Lanier, who taught in the Department of Economics from 1940 to 1973 and served as Department Chair for many of those years. It is for top graduating seniors, and selection is based on overall academic achievement.
Distinguished Panel of  Seniors: This honor is for top seniors, and selection is based on overall academic achievement.
Levin Prize: This award, named in honor of Emeritus Professor of Economics Bertram Levin, recognizes a senior economics major who exhibits a high level of intellectual curiosity and creativity in the study of economics.
Hutchinson Scholars: This award is named in honor of Professor Harry Hutchinson who taught in the Department of Economics for 30 years until his retirement in 1989. This award goes to top junior economics majors. Selection is based on overall academic achievement.
Lanier Scholarship: This scholarship, which also honors Professor Charles Lanier, is awarded to two students after completion of their sophomore year. Selection is based on academic achievement.

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Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

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